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From Russia with Love (1963)

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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.

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Terence Young

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Johanna Harwood (adaptation)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... James Bond
Daniela Bianchi ... Tatiana Romanova
Pedro Armendáriz ... Kerim Bey (as Pedro Armendariz)
Lotte Lenya ... Rosa Klebb
Robert Shaw ... Grant
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Eunice Gayson ... Sylvia Trench
Walter Gotell ... Morzeny
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Vavra (as Francis de Wolff)
George Pastell ... Train Conductor
Nadja Regin ... Kerim's Girl
Lois Maxwell ... Miss Moneypenny
Aliza Gur ... Vida
Martine Beswick ... Zora
Vladek Sheybal ... Kronsteen
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Storyline

James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by simon_hrdng

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VIVA James Bond ! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian | Turkish | Romany

Release Date:

27 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Russie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,796,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,100,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Two actresses with bit parts would reappear in later films: Nadja Regin, who plays Kerim's girl, would play the dancer at the start of Goldfinger (1964), and Martine Beswick (called Martin Beswick in the credits), one of the Gypsy girls, returned as Paula in Thunderball (1965). See more »

Goofs

When James orders breakfast from his hotel room he fails to mention his room number. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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Crazy Credits

Ernst Blofeld's actor is credited as "?". See more »

Alternate Versions

The original cinema release was cut by the BBFC to receive an "A" rating:
  • Uses of the words "lovers" and "physical enjoyment" were cut.
  • The gypsy dance was edited, including a shot of her bending backwards.
  • The subsequent fight was reduced.
  • A shot of Tatiana walking to the bed nude was cut. (This was later reinstated in video releases)
  • Bonds reference to searching Tatiana was cut, and the kissing is reduced.
  • Tatiana's line "I hope I came up to expectations" was cut.
  • The scene where agents are shown filming Bond and Tatiana in the bed was shortened and darkened.
  • "Was I" in the line "Was I as exciting as all those Western girls?" was changed to "Am I".
  • Bond's line "two hours should straighten this out" as he lowers the blind on the Orient Express was removed.
  • In the train compartment, Grant's line "What a performance!" when referring to the reel of film was cut.
  • The Bond-Grant fight was reduced.
  • When Bond shoots Klebb, her expressions of pain were reduced and the latter part of her moaning was muted.
  • Bond's repeat of the line "What a performance!" on the boat was cut.
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Connections

Featured in The James Bond Story (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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User Reviews

The Best and the Brightest
8 August 1998 | by J.BondSee all my reviews

A Bond film that stands out among all other films as well as the Bond films, From Russia With Love is filled with not only a heavy dose of nonstop action and adventure, but also an intelligent plot that commented heavily on the world state of affairs in 1963. Capitalist and Communists are set to work against each other by SPECTRE, an organization which does not give any special considerations to economic systems, but wishes to weaken the balance of world power and take control itself. The survival of the Bond films depended on their ability to change with the decades, and From Russia With Love is no exception. Great acting performances from not only Sean Connery, but Robert Shaw, Pedro Armendariz, and Lotte Lenya (the wife of Kurt Weill).


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